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Anne Johnson Lineberger

Beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, friend and consummate shell seeker, Anne Johnson Lineberger, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her friends and family on Friday, May 13, 2022. Anne was born December 4, 1945 to James Allison Johnson, Jr. and Julia Norton Johnson of Avon Park, Florida. She and her older sister, Leila Johnson Adams, spent 76 special years together, enjoying sister trips, sharing as many holidays as they could, speaking every day by telephone and making lifelong memories.
She graduated from Avon Park High School and with the encouragement of her mother, left Florida to attend Queens College in Charlotte, NC. Anne made the most of her time at Queens enjoying her sisters in the Chi Omega sorority and having fun at Carolina summer school.
From her dorm room window at Queens, she spotted a red-headed man walking across the campus. She turned to her good friend Lanie declaring she was going to marry that man. In June of 1967, right after graduation, she did just that marrying the love of her life, Arch. In 1970 they moved to Belmont, NC settling into the “Happy Box,” Arch’s family home. They lived there together for 52 years raising their three children, Abel, Maury, and Sara and spent many summers at one of her favorite places, Gause Landing. The memories she made with her family and friends will be cherished forever.
She touched the lives of most everyone she met. Whether you shared just a moment, a casual interaction, or were blessed to be her friend for much longer, Anne left a lasting impression. She gathered each new experience and person to her heart and felt grateful for the gift. Anne was blessed with fun, mischievous, and supportive friends; the best of which spanned many decades. She loved learning with friends in her Antique Study Group, exploring the history of beloved pieces and sharing her love of finding treasures. Anne loved working in her yard and spending time with her Garden Club. Her yard at the Happy Box has always been beautiful and admired by those who pass through the gate or walk by.
Anne had so many gifts. She was an accomplished watercolorist, prolific knitter, avid collector, and wonderful cook. She shared her talents with her children and beloved grandchildren — always encouraging crafts and creative pursuits. She was affectionately known as Bear by her grandchildren, shortened from Pooh Bear, a nickname she loved and received in college. She had the gift of excellent navigation often giving directions by where to stop for a quick bite or to find a fun treasure. She preferred back roads to highways and given the option always took a more interesting route. Anne believed that the journey was always more interesting than the destination. Perhaps, Anne’s greatest gift was her ability to find joy in the simplest things.
Anne’s varied interests led to some creative occupations. First, was Perennials to Parsley, her flower and catering business with her dear friend of 50 years, Kathy DuBose. Next, came Sea Dreams, her jewelry business. She loved making pieces for friends and family and selling at craft shows in the area. In 1995, Anne started working with Creative Memories, a home scrapbooking business that ultimately shaped the next 25 years of her life. Always an early adapter, she switched to digital scrapbooking in 2006. In 2010, she and twelve friends formed pixels2Pages to teach thousands of women worldwide to preserve their family photos, stories, recipes, letters and precious memories. Through her kind and personal attention, many learned to love Pixie Anne dearly.
Anne will be missed by those she leaves behind. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Archibald Caleb Lineberger, III of Belmont, NC; son, Abel Caleb Lineberger, II of Asheville, NC; daughter, Maury Lineberger Finger and son-in-law, Wade Joyner Finger,III with their children Dagny Elizabeth, Anne Carter, and Wade William Finger of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Sara Lineberger Weiers and son-in-law, Ryan William Weiers with their children Asher Caleb and Julia Maren of Charlotte, NC; two nieces, Julie Adams Rand and Ruthie Adams Pickett of Daytona Beach, FL; and three great-nieces, Caroline Rand Dalton (Teddy) of Roanoke, VA, Leila Pickett Combs (Wally) of Ormond Beach, FL and Carly Crafts Pickett of Ormond Beach, FL. Anne also cherished her role as godmother to Dana Hampton DuBose and Clayton Sayre Lineberger, Jr.
The memorial service will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter, 216 N. Main Street, Belmont, NC. With Pastors Micah Kearney and John Probst officiating. A private burial will follow.
Donations in Anne’s memory can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation at honoring her uncle, Harry Norton, who died bravely in service to our country in WWII. Funeral arrangements entrusted to McLean Funeral Directors at
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Linda Weatherford


Belmont - Linda Perry Weatherford, 76, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Courtland Terrace, Gastonia with her loving family by her side.  Linda was born June 21, 1945 in Charlotte and is the daughter of the late Floyd Ellis Perry and Julia Henson Perry and was preceded in death by her loving husband of 46 years, H.D. “Buck” Weatherford, infant daughter, Holly Weatherford and sister Judy Lovin.
Linda grew up in Belmont and was a graduate of Belmont High School Class of 1963. She was a graduate of High Point College with a Bachelors Degree in Education, where she excelled in basketball. Linda was employed by Gaston County Schools, where she taught at Belmont Middle School, where she coached Girls’ Basketball, and was Athletic Director for Belmont Middle School.  Linda retired from Gaston County School in 2003.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Belmont.
Linda leaves to cherish her memories, her daughter, Arin Weatherford Farmer; two sons, Cristopher Weatherford and wife Charla, Morgan Weatherford and wife Heather; six grandchildren, Aiden Farmer, Clare Weatherford, Julien Weatherford, Liam Weatherford, Gus Weatherford, Ruby Weatherford; one sister, Anna Perry and husband Buddy.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2022 at First United Methodist Church, 807 S. Point Road, Belmont with Rev. George Ragsdale officiating.  The family will receive family and friends immediately following the service in Carpenter Hall.
Inurnment for Linda and “Buck” will be 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont with Rev. George Ragsdale officiating with The Releasing of the Doves to follow the Inurnment.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials are requested to be made to “Feeding the Children”, c/o First United Methodist Church, 807 South Point Road, Belmont, N.C. 28012.
Online condolences may be made at:
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, NC (704) 864-5144 is serving the family.
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Joan R. Hoffman

1932 - 2022

Gastonia — Joan Ruth Hoffman, 89, went to be with the Lord April 7, 2022 surrounded by her family.
She was born May 19, 1932, in Catawba Heights, Gaston County, daughter of the late Laura Lacey Poole Rumfelt and Conner Graham Rumfelt.
Joan was a humble servant of the Lord faithfully using her gift of music; beginning at the age of 18, serving as the organist at East Belmont Baptist Church and then as the organist at Sandy Plains Baptist Church for over 40 years.  She also served as the Church Secretary for Sandy Plains Baptist Church for 25 years.  Joan never complained; she was always positive and never had a negative word to say about anyone regardless of how she was treated and/or the circumstances.
A Private Graveside Service was held for the family only on Sunday, April 10, 2022.
For anyone who wished to honor the life of Joan Ruth Hoffman, the family was at the Family Life Center at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, Sunday April 10th at 4:00 p.m.  This was an opportunity to remember Joan’s life and pay tribute to her memory.
Joan is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane Hoffman Kenney and Robert Kenney; daughter, Bobbie Hoffman Mathieu; her sister, Jean Rumfelt Robinson and her grandchildren Janna Kenney, Morgan Mathieu Tran and Allen Tran, Andrew and Kassidy Kenney and Seth Mathieu and Macy Barfield.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband Nelson P. Hoffman, her brothers, Lloyd Nelson Rumfelt, Graham Coolidge Rumfelt, George Harding Rumfelt and sisters, Susan Samantha Rumfelt and Dorothy Classec Rumfelt Wyatt.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory and honor of Joan’s many years of dedicated service as an organist and pianist in the community, we request that any memorials/contributions be sent to: Centerview Baptist Church Music Fund, Attn:  Rev. Mark Costner, 2300 Acme Road, Belmont, NC 28012.
Condolences may be made to
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia (704) 864-5144 served the Family.
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Mary Ramseur Carpenter

The world lost a beloved mother, Mary Ramseur Carpenter, on April 6, 2022, at the age of 87.
Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in law, Elizabeth and William Oxford, her son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Autumn Carpenter, her sister-in-law Queeta Ballard Ramseur, her granddaughters Mary Elizabeth Oxford, and Margaret Oxford, and her great grandsons Jonathon and Theodore Oxford.  She is preceded in death by husband, Robert Rhyne Carpenter, her brother Ramon Winston Ramseur, and her parents Harlee Bell Ramseur and Mary Lou Ramseur.
Mary worked as an elementary school teacher for 30 years in Belmont. She loved her home church, First United Methodist Church of Belmont, and her summer church, Church of the Resurrection of Little Switzerland.   Mary graduated from Duke University, where she met her husband and sang first soprano in the Duke Choir.  A standout singer, Mary debuted her singing journey as a four-year-old performing on WBT radio in Charlotte.
The family will hold a private memorial service in Little Switzerland, NC.  Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Belmont or the Church of the Resurrection of Little Switzerland.
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Gertrude Mae Harris

Belmont, NC

Gertrude Mae Harris, 101, of Belmont passed away on March 22, 2022 at her residence.  She was born on September 10, 1920 to the late Claude and Martha Robinson. She is also preceded in death by her husband, John Anderson Harris and her 4 siblings.  Gertrude was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, and a spectacular grandmother.  She was a Charter Member of Unity Baptist Church in Belmont and loved her church.
Survivors include her son, William “Andy” Harris; daughter, Deborah “Debby” Roberts and husband Scott; sister, Sarah Shinn; 3 grandchildren, Charron Sullivan and husband Johnnie, Michael Roberts and wife Noelle, and Steven Roberts; 6 great grandchildren, Haidyn Sullivan, Lola Sullivan, Anna Roberts, Dracen Roberts, Barrett Roberts and Jacob Roberts.
A Memorial service was held on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church, 1005 Catawba St, Belmont, NC 28012.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
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Fred S. Dixon Jr.

​​​​​Fred S. Dixon, Jr., 73, formerly of Belmont NC, died January 20, 2022 at home in Brandywine MD. He was born Christmas Day 1948 in Albemarle NC, grew up in Williamston NC and is an alumnus of NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount.
Fred was predeceased by his parents, Fred S. Dixon, Sr., and Hazel Basnight Dixon; brother-in-law, Mark Vincent Rust, and fathers-in-law, Tillman Richard Rust and Alvin T. Simmons. Left to celebrate his live are his wife of 36 years, Karen Simmons Dixon and his mother–in-law, Mrs. Irene Schultz Rust, of Lakewood CO; four children: Meredith Dixon Swartz (Kyle), Fuquay-Varina NC, Karin Hawfield Sholtis (Robert), Brandywine MD, Joshua Wentworth Hawfield (Amanda), Charlotte NC, Jonathan Ryan Dixon (Jaki-Lyn), Matthews NC; 8 grandchildren: Cara Leigh Caterson, Jason Sholtis, Kamren Dixon, Benjamin Sholtis, Bailey Sholtis, Bobbie Jo Lynn Sholtis, Viola Wentworth Hawfield,and Aurora Wentworth Hawfield; brothers-and-sisters-in-law: James Theodore and Carol Loudon Rust of Bailey CO, Renee Rust of Lakewood CO, J.R. and Cheryl Rust McKnight, Thornton CO, Roger and Lisa Rust Hayes, Kissimmee FL; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A Vietnam War Veteran, he served in the United States military for over 22 years receiving the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Humanitarian Award.
Fred was a Volunteer Motorman and Docent for the revived trolley line in Charlotte NC from 1997 until 2005. After moving to Belmont NC, he pioneered efforts to establish a trolley line between Mount Holly and Belmont. He spent many hours “riding the line” to determine its condition, seeking federal tourism funding and corporate sponsorships. Though this effort did not see success at the time, he was actively involved each time a new entity renewed the efforts until ill health prevented his participation in 2017.
Fred was a member of Post 144 where he was Post Commander, 22nd District Commander, and then Fifth Division Commander. He was among those members instrumental in establishing the American Legion Riders Chapter of this Post. Fred went on to be the first recipient of the Joe Riley Memorial District Commander of the Year Award for North Carolina.
Fred was a member of First Baptist Church of Belmont where over the years he served as Deacon, Director of the Men’s Ministry, and on various committees. His great joy was singing in the Choir and cooking breakfast with the men of the church for the First Responders and Belmont community the first of each month.
Visitation with the family will be 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022, at First Baptist Church, 23 North Central Avenue, Belmont NC. Fred’s Memorial Service will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2022, in the sanctuary of the church. A reception and time for sharing memories of Fred will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.
In keeping with Fred’s study of Biology and concern for medical advancement, especially in the area of Alzheimers’, the family honored his final wishes by donating his body to Walter Reed School of Medicine.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: American Legion Post 144, 202 Park Drive, Belmont NC 28012; AMVETS, 214 Main Street, Williamston NC 27892; Belmont Historical Society PO Box 244, Belmont NC 28012, Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County, 700 Robinson Rd, Gastonia NC 28056; The Storehouse of First Baptist Church of Belmont, 23 North Central Avenue, Belmont, NC.
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Glenda Lambert Boughman 

Mount Holly, NC

Glenda Lambert Boughman, 81, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 28, 2022, at her home. She was born in Burke County, daughter of the late Thomas Andrew Lambert and Lucy Smith Lambert. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Henry Mason Boughman; and her siblings, Andrew Lambert, Elsie Jacumin, Russell Lambert, Babe Arrowood, Ruby Ratliff, Lewis Lambert, Lynn Lambert, and Betty Watts.
Mrs. Boughman is survived by her children, Julia (Judy) Armstrong, Jim Boughman and his wife, Becky, Gary Boughman and his wife, Pat, Michael Boughman and his wife, Tracy, Dennis Boughman, and Erin Boughman; her grandchildren, Elisha Rhyne, Jamey Boughman, Lauren Eakin and her husband, Nick, and Kasey Boughman; her great-grandchildren, Kassie Boughman, Kenlie Boughman, Ziva Coward, and Grayson Rhyne; her siblings, Ray Lambert and his wife, Eula, and Bernice Franklin; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Gaston Hospice and to longtime family friend, Tammy Hernandez, for her love and support.
The family greeted friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly. A service to celebrate Mrs. Boughman’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Core Church, 2316 Acme Rd., Belmont, NC 28012. Pastor Tim McCarn and Pastor Gary Boughman will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery, Mount Holly.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is caring for Mrs. Boughman’s family.
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Joe Raymond Huffstetler

Mount Holly, NC

Joe Raymond Huffstetler, 88, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. He was born in Gaston County, son of the late Carl and Mamie Byrd Huffstetler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lee Ann Huffstetler; his sister, Louise Perkins; and his brothers, Cecil Huffstetler and Ted Huffstetler. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Pansy Warren Huffstetler; his son, Joel Warren Huffstetler and his wife, Debbie; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Joe will be remembered by all who knew him for his sense of humor. He put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces over the years. He was an outstanding multi-sport athlete in his youth, and in his adulthood was a top local coach in both baseball and football. Joe had a special place in his heart for underprivileged children and would do anything in his power to encourage and support them. In 2010, he was enshrined in the Mount Holly Sports Hall of Fame in the same class as his dear friend, Joe Spears, and his high school teammate, Johnny Wike. When their own children were playing, Joe and Pansy never missed a game.
Joe worked his entire career for Sodeyco/Sandoz. For the first half of his career, he was a truck driver and was known for his work ethic and dedication to the company. During his driving career, Joe won every award offered for safety, and for number of miles driven, and finished his driving career with a perfect safety record. In the second half of his career, he served in a management capacity for Sandoz.
Joe was a dedicated Christian and was an active lay leader, deacon, and Sunday School teacher for many years in Tuckaseege Baptist Church. More recently, Joe and Pansy have been active members of Westview Presbyterian Church.
Joe loved his classic westerns, ‘real’ country music, comedy, and gospel singing. But most of all, he loved his family. He was a devoted husband, father, and provider; for Joe, family was everything.
From his days as class comedian and sports star, to his years as youth sports coach, and his decades of church and community leadership, “Big Joe” was a highly visible and treasured presence in Mount Holly, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family received friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly. A service to celebrate Joe’s life began at 12:00 p.m. in the Woodlawn Chapel. Joe’s son, The Rev. Dr. Joel Huffstetler, and Pastor Bill Abrams officiated. Burial followed at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery, Mount Holly. Memorials may be made to Westview Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Catawba Ave., Mount Holly, NC 28120.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is serving the Huffstetler family.
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Alma Tate Garrett

Belmont, NC

Alma Tate Garrett, 94, passed away January 28, 2022. She was born February 7, 1927 in Avondale, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Nathaniel and Blanch Justus Tate.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Paul Walters and Irvin Garrett; brothers Theron and Edwin Tate; nephew Jeff Tate.
Alma was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Belmont.  Her last years were spent in assisted living in Cramerton.  She was especially grateful for her caretakers and those who looked after her well-being while there.  She loved everybody and was indeed well loved.  Left to cherish her memories are her daughter Karen Abrams of Fletcher, NC; brother Howard Tate and wife Martha of Chapel Hill, NC; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held at Greenwood Cemetery, 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 2, 2022 with Rev. Sam Warner officiating.  Viewing was available from 9am until 12 pm prior at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1, Belmont, NC 28012.
Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Garrett family.
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Ronald J. Dimmer

Ronald J. Dimmer, 83, of Mt. Holly passed away on January 25, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. He was born on May 11, 1938 to the late Virgil Dimmer and Eleanor Faber Dimmer. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Dimmer. Ronald was a longtime member of A Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church in Charlotte where he was very active.  He was a member and past President of the Mt. Holly Lions Club. He was also a board member of the Gaston County Home Builders Association and was a founding member of the Mt. Holly Habitat for Humanity. Ronald enjoyed airplanes and flying. He was a small airplane pilot and mechanic.
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, JoAnn Ferch Dimmer; daughter, Vicky Pierce; sons, Greg Dimmer and wife Shelli and Brian Dimmer and wife Cheryl; brothers, Marlin Dimmer and wife Trina and Duane Dimmer; grandchildren, Brandon, Ashlyn, Andy, Charly, Morgan, Kayla, Sierra, and Blake; and great grandson, Mason.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at A Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church, 8200 McClure Cir, Charlotte, NC 28216, with Rev. Molly Keukes officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Interment followed the service at Hillcrest Cemetery, Mt. Holly.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gaston County Habitat for Humanity, 1840 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
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Kazimierz Mieczyslaw  “Mike” Kowalewski 

Denver, NC

Kazimierz Mieczyslaw  “Mike” Kowalewski, 89, of Denver, North Carolina passed away Monday, November 21, 2021. He was born January 21, 1932, in Poznan, Poland, and in addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his sister Maria Romanski and brother-in-law Alexander Romanski.
Surviving are his wife Donnie N. Kowalewski, of Denver, son Michael Kowalewski and wife Pam of Belmont, three grandchildren Abbey, Mark and Karl; and three nephews.
A Memorial Service will be at the Mount Holly First United Methodist Church, 140 North Main Street, Mount Holly, NC 28120, at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 22, 2022.
Visitation with the family will begin at 1:00 pm.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mike’s memory to the Biochemistry Department at Belmont Abbey College.  Please make a notation with your contribution so his family may be notified of your kindness and generosity.
 Painter Funeral and Cremation is serving the Kowalewski family.
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Dr. Norman Moore Cole

Dr. Norman Moore Cole of Belmont, NC and formerly Louisville, KY, passed away on December 29, 2021 at the age of 85.  He was born March 3, 1936 in Prairie City, OR to William and Dorothy Cole.  He is survived by his children, Cheryl Cole White (Michael), Michelle Cole Dudley (Steven), Cameron William Cole, Mark Norman Cole (Colleen) and Palmer Bentley Cole (Jessica) and eight grandchildren.
The family will have a Memorial Service at a later date.  For condolences please go to
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Herman Eldred Parnell 

Herman Eldred Parnell of Belmont died on January 6, 2022. He was born in a mill house on July 17th, 1928 to Knox and Edith Parnell of North Belmont in Gaston County.
 Herman’s youth in the mill village of North Belmont was typical for a 1930’s family.  The Parnells were thankful for the one-bedroom home that they rented from the Acme Mill. The space was sufficient to raise Herman and his five siblings. A large garden and a single dairy cow supplemented the family’s food. One memorable day for the Parnell children was when Knox brought home a loaf of store-bought bread that already had been sliced by a machine! Like the other boys in the village Herman played sports, hunted squirrels, placing the furry tails on bicycle handlebars, and worked in the family garden and barn.
After graduation from Belmont High School, Herman enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1945 and the motto of the Corps, Semper Fi (Always Faithful) became the watchwords of his life. His casket will be proudly draped in the American flag.
During a leave from the military, Herman went to the Bank of Belmont to cash a check, and there he was struck by the beauty of a red-headed teller named Mary Elmore. They soon fell in love and married in 1950. The couple enjoyed a one-day honeymoon in Daytona Beach because Herman had to report back for duty. After his honorable discharge, Herman enrolled in Belmont Abbey College. He graduated in the class of 1954.
Herman spent his career in financial services. During the 1960’s his work caused the growing Parnell family to move first to Charleston, then Asheville and Winston-Salem before returning to Belmont permanently in 1968.
His life in Belmont revolved around the needs of his family, his work and his faith. In his spare time Herman jogged, played tennis, beautified his yard and dabbled in oil painting. He was also a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. The Parnells were faithful and active members of First Baptist Church in Belmont where his solid foundation in the love of Jesus Christ was imbued in his children.
Herman’s beloved wife Mary died in 2008. He is survived by his four children; Deborah Hains (David) of Huntersville; Linda Gabbert (John) of Little River, SC; Nancy Kopfle (John) of Charlotte and David Parnell (Suzanne) of Clover, SC; and his sister, Aileen Parnell Parker-Stowe of Belmont. He took great delight when his six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren called him GrandDaddy and Great-GrandDaddy.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, January 15, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Belmont with Rev. Andrew Renfroe officiating.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, or to Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County, 1840 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054.  Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Parnell family.
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Sandra Haynes Smith 

Sandra Haynes Smith, 76, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 6, 2022. She was born December 13, 1945 in Mecklenburg County, the daughter of Geraldine Adams Haynes and the late Joe Ralph Haynes Sr.
Sandy was a loving wife for over 51 years.  Sandy and Dewey became inseparable during retirement by enjoying their days together.  She took care of Dewey and he took care of her.  Their daily life of marriage was an example to all her family and friends.  They loved unconditionally.
Sandy was a mother that thought of everything.  She knew the details that were important in her children’s life.  As Leeanna and Josh got older she knew the details every step of the way.  She cared for them, supported them, encouraged them and loved them.  She taught them how to be light for others.  She shared that same love and care to her son in law, Shane.   She loved to shop and most recently enjoyed the convenience of Amazon.  She loved all flavors of coffee and enjoyed them during any season.  Sandy is known by her family and many of her friends as “Sassy”.  The name given to her by her niece at a young age.  Sassy became her forever name by her grandsons, Carson and Wilson.    She loved her grandsons and all things they did.  She watched them play sports, volunteered in the schools and supported them every day.  They took every phone call, visit, adventure and hug whenever she offered it.  She was their biggest fan and they loved her for it.  Sassy loved long talks with her brother Joe and catching up with friends on Facebook.  She loved her family and cherished all her time with them.
Sandy served the Lord from age 15 by playing the organ in church.  She played at many churches and used her musical talents in so many ways. She touched many church families with her loving heart.
Sassy had a big smile that brightened everyone’s day.  Her kindness and love was given to everyone that she met.  She loved talking to friends and those who became her friends when she met them for the first time. She never met a stranger.  She was full of joy.  She was a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, mother in law, sister in law, aunt, niece, friend, mentor, cancer survivor, encourager and life of the party.  She left things better than she found them.
Sandy will be deeply missed by her husband Dewey Smith; mother Geraldine Haynes; daughter and son-in-law Leeanna and Shane London; son Joshua Smith; brother Joe Ralph Haynes, Jr. and wife Paulette; grandsons Carson London and Wilson London.  Her closest niece Jolee Toms and her husband Kris, great niece and nephew, Kaylee Toms and Kaleb Toms.  Her nephew Jeremy Haynes and his wife Stephanie, great niece and nephew Kyndell Haynes and Tristan Haynes.  She loved her in-laws Hugh and Linda Smith, Howard and Priscilla Wise and Mary Huss and many nieces and nephews that she was so proud of.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 pm, Monday, January 10, 2022 at South Point Baptist Church in Belmont with Pastor Ken Bogle officiating.  The family received friends from 12:00 pm until 1:45 pm prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Cramerton Independent Presbyterian Church, 151 8th Ave., Cramerton, NC 28032 or to The Storehouse of First Baptist Church, 23 N. Central Ave., Belmont, NC 28012.
Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Smith family.
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Nancy Myers

Nancy Myers, 75, passed away January 6, 2022 at Stanley Total Living Center. Born in Charlotte on March 27, 1946 she was a native of Belmont.  She was the daughter of the late John Aldrich and Esther Coffey Myers.
Nancy attended Belmont High School and rejoiced in her reunions with her former classmates.  During her life she was an active member of the Belmont Historical Society, Belmont Woman’s Club, and Red Hat Society. She spent countless hours serving the community at S.O.C.K.S. helping those in need and working the election polls for the Gaston County Election Board.  She loved crafting where she created cards for family, friends, and to the residents and staff at Stanley Total Living Center. She will be remembered for her humor and her love for her children, grandchildren, many of her granddogs, and her trips to Disney World.  
She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Cloninger Edwards and husband Sam of Schwenksville, PA; son, Dan Cloninger and wife Ashley of Gastonia; granddaughters Lindsey Caroline Edwards, Haley Madison Edwards, Rebekah Grace Cloninger and Emma Kathryn Cloninger; and granddogs, Jake, King, Major, Jack, and Lily.        
Celebration of Life will be at a later date.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Stanley Total Living Center for taking care of Nancy in the later years of her life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stanley Total Living Center, Attn. Activities Dept., 514 Old Mt. Holly Rd., Stanley, NC 28064 or to S.O.C.K.S. Ministry, 160 Woodlawn St., Belmont, NC 28012.
Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Myers family.
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Frances Lou  McCarn

Frances Lou McCarn nee Hamilton, passed away December, 7, 2021, at the home of her son in San Antonio, FL. She was 84.
Frances was born July 31, 1937, to William and Duffy Hamilton. After graduating from Belmont High School (Class of 1956), Frances worked at the Bank of Belmont.  In 1958, she married Larry McCarn. During their 63 years of marriage, Frances gave birth to two boys and had the opportunity to visit many different countries during Larry’s 28 year career in the USAF.  After Larry’s retirement,  Frances and Larry would eventually return to Belmont where she was an volunteer for the Belmont Historical Society, her high school class alumni and was an enthusiastic supporter of the South Point High School Red Raiders. Above all, her unselfish and genuine compassion for others will be tremendously missed by so many.
Frances is survived by her husband, Charles, her sons James Michael (Joanne) and Lee (Candie), and her five beautiful grandchildren. She is also survived by her best friend and sister, Mary (Chee) Hamilton. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Patricia, brother’s William and John, and her twin brother Frank.
In lieu of flowers, Frances had asked that a donation be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 
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Keith Edward Locke

 Keith E. Locke, age 75, passed into eternal rest surrounded by love on November 27, 2021.  Keith is survived by his wife, Linda Casser Locke.  Keith is also survived by his brother, James A. Locke, III (Susan), his nieces Kerry Locke Bedard (David) and Wendy L. Garrity (Dave) and their families, his nephew James A. Locke, IV, his mother-in-law Carolyn L. Casser, aunts, an uncle, cousins and cousins-in-law, three godchildren and their families, and many dear friends.  Born on October 29, 1946, in East Liverpool, OH, Keith was predeceased by his parents, James A. Locke, Jr., and Margaret H. Locke, who were community leaders and owners of James Locke Jewelers in East Liverpool, which was a source of Keith’s great pride and personal commitment. Keith was a proud alumnus of the East Liverpool High School Class of 1964.
Keith graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German.  He sang tenor in the OWU choir, played trumpet in the jazz band, and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.  Beginning in 1968 during the Vietnam War era, Keith served his country for three years as a Special-Agent-in-Charge in the United States Army, Military Intelligence, in Munich and Berchtesgaden, Germany.  Following military service, Keith continued his education, completing a Master of Arts degree in German in 1972 that was jointly conferred by Middlebury College in Vermont and Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet in Mainz, Germany.  Keith served as an adjunct faculty member in the mid-1990s, teaching German at Butler University and Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Keith began a Doctor of Philosophy program in Comparative Literature at Indiana University in 1973.  After completing two dissertations and overcoming logistical challenges, Keith proudly received his PhD degree from IU in 1992.  Keith was ahead of his time in successfully completing his PhD while employed in the business world, and he also was an early adopter of technology despite encountering skepticism at the time about the role of computers in academic dissertation writing.  Keith was a model for demonstrating the value of integrating the humanities into business through his acceptance into a Mini-MBA program at New York University in 1978 sponsored by a National Humanities Grant.  He went on to have a very successful business career, including leadership roles in sales and marketing (Manager, Sales and Marketing for Sun Chemical Corporation; Director of Sales and Marketing for the Mansur Development Corporation); business consulting, business coaching, and strategic planning (Keith founded Market Planning Consultants); and, teleconferencing.  Keith concluded his business career with distinction in 2013 as President and CEO of TelSpan, Inc.  For 6 years, Keith served as a part-time Patient Coordinator for international optometry programs at Salus University; he served in a similar role for Salus’ Veterans Readiness Initiative Pilot Clinic.  Keith was professorial in life and in the business world.  He was intellectually curious; an avid reader of philosophy, Christianity, and biographies; a wonderful and thoughtful writer; and, he enjoyed healthy debates on a wide array of topics.  Keith lent his business acumen to multiple neighborhood association leadership roles, for which is remembered for his dedication, professionalism, and achieving positive outcomes.
Keith met the love of his life, Linda, at Indiana University in 1975.  Married in 1982, they spent 39 cherished years together of enjoying domestic and international travel, attending cultural events (theater, symphony, ballet, opera), appreciating fine food and beverages, gathering with family members and friends, watching college football (Go Bucks!), and cheering for NCAA basketball games (March Madness).  Keith also enjoyed alpine skiing, bicycle riding and tours, and beautifying our homes through his passion for gardening and nature.  Keith and Linda had a very close, loving, and mutually supportive relationship, and Linda is the forever grateful beneficiary of Keith’s unconditional love and support.  The opportunities to live in and travel to different geographic locations resulted in the development of deep, treasured, and enduring friendships for both of them with individuals from around the country and even the world.  Keith is remembered by all who knew and loved him as a friendly, cheerful, caring, humble, and intelligent man who demonstrated a strong faith and who touched many people through his work, interests, and pursuits. Keith was an active member of the Presbyterian church and was previously ordained as an Elder.  Keith is already deeply missed by family members and friends, especially by his “true love” Linda.
A service to celebrate Keith’s life was held at 3:00 pm Eastern Time on Sunday, December 5, 2021, with the Reverends Sam Warner and Daria Ragan officiating at First Presbyterian Church, 102 South Central Avenue, Belmont, NC 28012.  The service was livestreamed on the church’s website  Burial with military honors followed at Evergreen A Quiet Place cemetery in Belmont.  The family received friends one hour before the service in the church Gathering Area.  Family members and out of town friends were invited to return to the church for a bereavement meal following the burial.
For their wonderful care and support, Keith’s family sincerely thanks the ministers and members of First Presbyterian Church, Belmont, NC, including the Men’s Fellowship and Men’s Breakfast groups; the compassionate providers of Holy Redeemer Home Hospice; and, the nurses and doctors at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Belmont, NC at, Holy Redeemer Home Hospice Designation:  Redeemer Health PA Hospice, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
 Condolences and remembrances of Keith may be shared at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Locke family.
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Eulla Summerville

Sharon, SC - Mrs. Eulla Mae Summerville, 88, passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at her home.
The funeral service was held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Olivet Presbyterian Church, 159 Church St, McConnells, SC 29726 with Revs. John McArthur and John Franklin officiating.  Burial was in Gaston Memorial Park, 1200 S. New Hope Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054 at 3:00pm.
Born in Cramerton, NC, Mrs. Summerville was the daughter of the late Dempie Leotus Perryman and the late Lydia Davis Perryman.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Richard Benjamin Summerville, Sr.; her sisters, Melba, Beulah Faye, her twin, and Pauline; and her son-in-law, Bob Sandifer.  She was a homemaker and a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church.  She was a member of the Women in the Church, was a Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Tuckasegee Baptist Primetimers Senior’s Group.
Surviving are her two sons, Richard B. (Deborah) Summerville Jr. and W.L. “Bill” (Paula) Summerville, both of Sharon, SC; three daughters, Frances Sandifer of York, SC, Diane (Jack) Ballard and Dawn (David) Markowitz, both of Sharon, SC; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and her sister, Shirley Hager of Belmont, NC.
The family received friends from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm on Friday, October 29, 2021 at Olivet Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Summerville’s name to Agape Hospice, 1326 Ebenezer Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29732; Olivet Presbyterian Church of America, Missions Fund, 159 Church St., McConnells, SC 29726; or the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 4600 Park Rd., Ste 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.
Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel is assisting the Summerville family and condolences may be made at
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Donald Holler

Belmont, NC

Donald Barry Holler passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the age of 75. Born on February 12, 1946 in Charlotte, NC, Donald was the son of the late Jimmie Jones Holler and Lou Ester Knight Holler.
Donald worked in textile manufacturing his entire life. He was employed with Warner & Swasey, Walter Kidde, Co., and Monarch Knitting, where he retired as a sales representative. He also taught CNC Programming while in textiles. Donald was a faithful and longstanding member of Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church. He was active in all facets of the church. He was  a member of the Knights of Columbus and a 4th Degree member of the William Gaston Assembly. Donald served as Grand Knight of Council and District Deputy. He also served as an election judge with the Gaston County Board of Election. He was a faithful supporter of Holy Angels and their events. Donald enjoyed playing golf with his friends as well as his Thursday Morning Men’s Breakfast Group. Most of all, Donald loved and cherished his family, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his sister, Jeffy Holler Jones.
Donald is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Danuta Pastula Holler; son and daughter-in-law, Master Sgt. Jimmy and Anna Holler of Garner, NC; daughter, Dana Holler of Charlottesville, VA; grandchildren, Dallas Holler, Savannah Eggers and her husband, Jonathan, and Ian Mook; brother, Terry Holler.
Family and friends of Donald Holler were invited to attend his visitation beginning at 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont. A recitation of the Rosary immediately followed at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Father Paul Buchanan in the sanctuary of Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the Holler family online at
The Holler family has requested in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Donald may be sent to Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church Building Fund, 503 N Main Street, Belmont, NC 28012 or Holy Angels, 6600 Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont, NC 28012
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Holler family.
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Barry Clement Queen 

Belmont, North Carolina

Barry Clement Queen, 78 passed away unexpectedly on October 15, 2021. He was born January 19, 1943 in Gaston County, North Carolina, a son of the late Carl Queen and Lucille Pack Queen.
Barry was a 1961 graduate of Belmont High School and proud veteran of the U. S. Air Force.  He retired from R. L. Stowe Mills after many years of faithful service then worked with Victory Chevrolet as a lead driver.  Barry was a Godly man who served actively within his church home.  He was a very  loving husband and father and was proud of his beautiful grandchildren.  He will be missed greatly by his wife of nearly 30 years Rita Wright Queen; son Craig Queen and his wife Kellie of Belmont; stepson Darin Little and his wife Selena of Belmont; step daughter Tracey Reynolds and husband Wes of Greenville, SC; grandchildren Blake, Greyson and Asheton Queen, Carley and Taylor Reyolds; sister Judy Coile.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Denise Sackinger.        
A service celebrating Barry’s life was held at Ranlo Baptist Church, 1:00 pm, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 with Rev. James Land  officiating.  The family received friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ranlo Baptist Church, 1517 Spencer Mountain Road, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Queen family.
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MSgt. Foy
USAF (Ret.)

Belmont, North Carolina

MSgt. Foy Cunningham, USAF (Ret.) age 90, passed away October 8, 2021.  He was born June 8, 1931 in Gaston County, the son of the late Fred Edgar and Elizabeth Wiggins Cunningham.
 Foy proudly served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired after over twenty years of faithful service. His military expertise was in communications.  He earned a top-secret security clearance, and was involved in numerous high-profile matters of national security.  He met and married the love of his life while serving in Taiwan and they raised their family while traveling the world.  He and his wife and family owned and operated Carey’s Seafood of Mount Holly during the seventies and eighties.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Carey Chien Cunningham of the home; daughter Julie Hartsell and husband Jody of Weddington, NC; sons Jeffrey Cunningham and wife Kimberly of Belmont, Joseph Cunningham and wife Suzanne of Belmont, Fred Cunningham and wife Robin of Palm Beach, FL; step daughters Hsiao Feng Chi and husband Han-Chor Lau of Taipei, Taiwan, Annie Chi-Sheaffer and husband William of Bend, OR; grandchildren Zach Hartsell, Haley Hartsell, Alex (Erin) Hartsell, Nicholas Hartsell, Matthew (McKenzie) Cunningham, Adam (Vy) Cunningham, Katelin Cunningham, Sebastian Cunningham; great grandchildren Emilia, Cruz and Hayes Cunningham.  He is also survived by his brother Robert Cunningham of Mississippi.  He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Cunningham and sisters Edna Cherry and Tudy Baucom.
He was an incredibly devoted and loving husband and father.  Nothing was more important to him than his family.  He was always there to provide love, support, and advice to his family whenever they needed it most.  He is irreplaceable, and will be sorely missed.
Services with Military Honors will be private to the family.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, .
Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Cunningham family.
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Jessica Leigh Brown

Jessica Leigh Brown, 38, of Belmont, NC, passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
She was born September 22, 1982, in Gaston Co, NC, daughter of Michael Brown and Karen Loyd.
Jessica is preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert Loyd and Gene Loyd; and uncles, Donald Brown and Christopher Thompson.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, Mackenzie Leigh Brown, Aaliyah Cheyenne Sox, Braydyn Michael Johnson, Brantley Robert Bryant Brown and Oakley Mae Bryant; siblings, Sonja White (Nathan), Joshua Brown, Sarah Brown, Kerri Brown, Marissa Brown and Heather Brown; uncle, Larry Brown; aunt, Jennifer Ford; granddaughter, Kizzea Mexico; and grandmother, Joelan Thompson.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.
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Jill Grigg Hargett

BELMONT - Jill Grigg Hargett, 59, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021. She was born in Charlotte on November 17, 1961, the daughter of Loretta Mincey Grigg and the late Bobby Carroll Grigg, Sr. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bobby Grigg, Jr. Jill enjoyed playing bingo, drawing, and horseback riding. She had the biggest heart in the world and was a skilled artist. Her life revolved around her family and her grandchildren meant everything to her. She will be remembered as a very loving and caring wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother.
In addition to her mother, Jill is survived by her husband of 33 years, Timothy D. Hargett; children, Lacey Brooke Lynch, Hayley E. Hargett, and S. Chance Hargett; sister, Jennifer Grigg Jackson; grandchildren, Kainen, Kalie, Julius, Skylar, Whisper, Chaos, Hadley; Sommer, Luke, and Baylor; Aunt Dot, and Aunt Barbara.
A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7:00 PM, at Benson Funeral & Cremation Services of Mount Holly, with Rev. Jerry Pennington officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, prior to the service.
Online condolences may be made at
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Gage Cooper Robinson 

Belmont, North Carolina

Gage Cooper Robinson, 27, passed away at home on September 10, 2021.
He was born in Charlotte, a son of Jerald “Boo” and Marsha Souther Robinson. Gage loved playing video games and his guitar. A historian and Star Wars aficionado, Gage also liked NASCAR and Formula One Racing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his cat “Jack” and his special “South Point Family”.
In addition to his parents, Boo and Marsha, he is survived by his brother Abe McGill Robinson; grandmother Tony Ann Souther; special aunt Sabrina Kinsland.
He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Sam “Doc” Robinson, and Graden Souther.
A service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite cat rescue charity.
Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Robinson family.
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Nancy Pritchard Moore

Nancy Pritchard Moore, 76, of Mt. Holly passed away August 14, 2021 at Stanley Total Living Living Center.  She was born on July 27, 1945 to the late Raymond and Betty Ross Pritchard.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Tony M. Moore and brothers, Johnny, Tommy, Mickey, and Andy Pritchard.  Nancy loved everyone; especially her family and grandchildren.  She loved cooking for her family when she was able.  She also enjoyed all kinds of flowers.  Nancy will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her children; David Moore, Bobby Blackman and wife Monnie, and Penny Self and husband Terry; sisters, Donna “Jill” Pritchard and Jerry Cowart; grandchildren, Amber, Dillon, Bobby, Aaron, Faith, and Maddie; and great grandchildren, D.J. and Layla.  The family would also like to recognize and extend a special thank you to her longtime friend and caretaker, Linda Jones.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Nancy was held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church, 101 Beaty Rd., Belmont, NC 28012 with Rev. Joe Harding and Pastor Ronald Lee, Jr. officiating. Visitation was held from 12:30 p.m - 2:00 p.m. also at the church. Interment immediately followed the services at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Mt. Holly.
 Benson Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family.
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Joy Lee Bagwell Weaver

Umatilla, Florida

Mrs. Joy Lee Bagwell Weaver, 81 of Umatilla, FL passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Born in Belmont, NC on April 10, 1940 and was the daughter of the late Paul and Lela Garrett Bagwell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Robert Weaver and her daughter, Cheryl O’Berry.
She was an elementary school teacher at Altoona School and Spring Creek Elementary. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Umatilla and served as an Elder for many years.
Joy was a graduate of Belmont High School, Class of 1958.
She is survived by her son: Paul (Jennifer) Weaver; grandchildren: Evelyn Weaver, Brittany, Matthew and Nathan O’Berry, and son-in-law: Sean O’Berry and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive family and friends from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 20, 2021 at Christ Church (Formerly East Belmont Presbyterian Church), 901 East Catawba Street, Belmont with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 20, 2021 with Pastor Ray Krontorad and Rev. Ron Watts officiating.
Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with the Releasing of the Doves.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to: Christian Education Fund, c/o First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 407, Umatilla, Florida 32784.
Online condolences may be made at:
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, NC (704) 864-5144 is serving the Weaver family.
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James Oliver Pendleton

James Oliver Pendleton, 93, of Hickory, passed away peacefully at his residence, Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
 He was born June 9, 1928, in Cramerton, NC, to the late James Franklin Pendleton and Margaret Oliver.  Jim was a long-time member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Hickory and retired from sales in the furniture industry.  He enjoyed golfing, vacations with his family, early morning walks on the beach and then sit at the water’s edge in the late afternoon, having hamburgers and hot dogs for his birthday dinner, and, most importantly, being with his family.  He especially loved meeting and talking to people, never meeting a stranger.  He knew people all over town and after retirement his day would start by making the rounds to five or six places to say hello.
Jim, aka “Corky” in his younger days, played high school sports and excelled in both football and basketball for Cramerton High School.  After graduating from high school, Jim attended Belmont Abby College in Gastonia.  He then joined the US Army and was stationed in Germany in the early fifties where he had the opportunity to visit several countries.  He loved the culture and the scenery but, most of all, he loved the food.  Jim always had plenty of stories to share.  He met the love of his life, Martha Cornelia (Connie) Owens after he returned home from the service while she was teaching in nearby Paws Creek.  They were married April 15, 1954 and had 2 daughters.  After living in Kinston, NC for a short time where their first daughter, Beverly, was born they moved to Hickory where their 2nd daughter, Sherree, was born and called it home for over 60 years.
Jim passionately worked through St. Luke’s with the Hickory Soup Kitchen, raising money and collecting food.  He was also a huge advocate for the staff and their hard work.  He petitioned for advancement and pay raises that were granted.  From his hard work and commitment to the Soup Kitchen, he was asked to serve on the board which he gladly accepted.   He served on the board for many years before finally retiring in December 2016.
Jim’s favorite past-time was golf.  He played for over 40 years and shared his love of the game with his three grandsons, Loren, Matt and Kyle.  He started some at an early age and would have clubs cut down to fit their small size.  He gave them starter sets, bought clubs and shoes throughout the years, gave instructions and took them to the golf course as often as possible.  They also spent a lot of time at their favorite golf shop, D&S Golf.  Jim had many great memories of time spent on the course with these three boys, his friends in Hickory and his long-time friend, Al Hoke.  Jim and Al would always have a friendly competition and wager going on that led to many fun stories around the dinner table.   His grandsons cherish their time spent with him and shared Jim’s passion for golf.  Loren and Matt played on the Hickory High School golf team and won State Championships in their respective years.  They had a great teacher in their grandad!  They all continue to play and enjoy golf today.
 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 64 years, Connie Pendleton, his brother Gerald and sister Joretta.
Those left to cherish his memories of loving husband, father and grandfather are daughters Beverly Ballard and husband Sid of Hickory and Sherree Harris of Hickory; grandchildren, Loren Harris, Matt Harris and wife Caiti of Charlotte, Kortney Munday Coulter and husband Ryan of Newton, Kyle Munday and wife Melissa of Hickory; great-grandchildren, Rylan Coulter, Raegan Coulter and baby boy Munday to arrive in November.
A Memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held Sunday, August 22, at 5:00pm at St. Luke’s UMC.  The family will receive friends following the service in the church parlor.
The family wants to give special thanks to his caregivers that stayed by his side for the past 3 ½ years:  Shelly Cox, Abigail Argueta, Hellen Argueta, and Ada Galeano.  Also, a special thanks to the wonderful nurses and care he received recently from Carolina Caring, especially Marqueritte.
Memorials may be made to the St. Luke’s UMC Memorial Garden Fund or The Hickory Soup Kitchen.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Pendleton family and on-line condolences may be sent to
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Tommy Ledford

Thomas Dwight “Tommy” Ledford of Shelby, NC went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
Tommy was born January 11, 1941 in Shelby, NC. He was the son of the late Thurman B. and Bertha Waters Ledford. Tommy was preceded in death by his wife Betty J. Mode Ledford and his first wife Gerrydine Honeycutt Ledford; brothers: Willie, Bob, James, Dennis and sister Shirley.
He is survived by two sons: Greg Ledford of Kings Mountain, NC and Don Ledford and wife Jennifer of Cliffside, NC; step-daughters: Robin Kiser and husband John of Boiling Springs, NC and Beth Cabaniss of Shelby, NC and sister Lib Lovelace and husband Fred.  He is also survived by grandchildren: Dr. Stephanie Kiser of Boston, MA and Matt Kiser and wife Abby of Statesville, NC and his great-grandchildren Corban Kiser and Callie Kiser.
Tommy was an avid hunter and enjoyed wildlife of all types, his farm and farm animals. He also loved his constant canine companions: Maddie Grace and Chance.
Tommy was a life-long resident of Cleveland County and retired as a Lieutenant from the Cleve-land County Sheriff’s Office. He was a Mason for over fifty years and a member of Friendship Lodge No. 388 in Boiling Springs, NC, and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Shelby. The family would like to thank Hospice Cleveland County and especially his favorite nurse and friend Cristol Barlow.
A funeral service was held on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Black. officiating. Visitation was prior to the service at the church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.  The church is located at  198 Pleasant Ridge Church Rd., Shelby, NC 28152.
 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Height Dr., Shelby, NC 28150.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Guest Registry is available at
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Jack L. Rhyne

Jack L. Rhyne, 86, went to his heavenly home on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Robin Johnson Hospice House in Gastonia, NC. He was the son of the late James A. and Parvelle Loftin Rhyne. A Belmont native and resident for most of his life, Jack graduated from Belmont High School in 1953 and attended Gardner Webb University. Jack loved his small town of Belmont and was elected Mayor in 1963, youngest in the United States at that time. After serving as Belmont Mayor for three terms, Jack was elected to the NC  House of Representatives for two terms and then to the NC Senate for two terms. While holding political office, Jack ran The Coffee Shop in downtown Belmont and then worked for Radiator Specialty Company in Charlotte for over twenty years as Vice President of Administration.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his first wife of 61 years, Sue Wallace Rhyne, his son, Robin Wallace Rhyne, Sr. and his wife Kimberly and their infant son Hunter, daughter Susan Rhyne Cooney, and two brothers: James Rhyne and Donald Rhyne.
Jack is survived by his loving wife, Donna Miller Adkins Rhyne, his son John M. Rhyne, Sr. (Kathy), son-in-law, John T. Cooney, grandchildren; Alana Rhyne Butler (Wes), Katie Rhyne Gillespie (Matt), Robin W. Rhyne, Jr., Emily S. Rhyne, John Marshall Rhyne, Jr., and Zachary T. Cooney; brothers and sister:  Richard Rhyne (Teldia), Ronnie Rhyne (Robin) and Connie Rhyne Atkins (Chris). Upon his marriage to Donna, Jack expanded his family with stepchildren, Thomas “Shug” Adkins (Cindy), LeAnne Adkins Johnson (Jeff), Nickie Adkins Lawing (Joe), Amy Adkins Davis (Bryson). Jack is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and step great-grandchildren.
A current member of Carson Memorial Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC, Jack was also a former long-time member of Unity Baptist Church, Belmont, NC where he held several positions.
A one-of-a-kind storyteller, Jack was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was most happy when hosting family gatherings where he recited hilarious and touching family stories…often with unique components. He never met a stranger and made many friends in all the towns where he lived. Jack’s large presence and oft told stories will be greatly missed.
The family received friends at Unity Baptist Church, 1005 East Catawba Street, Belmont, NC, on Sunday, June 6, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. immediately followed by funeral service at 4:00 p.m. with Pastors Joe Lawing and Chris Wilson officiating.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery with Bryson Davis officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Belmont Community Organization (BCO), 91 Catawba Street, Belmont, NC, 28012 or to Unity Baptist Church, 1005 East Catawba Street, Belmont, NC, 28012, or to Robin Johnson Hospice House, C/O Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolences may be sent online by visiting
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is in charge of services.
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Frances Louise Finger

Frances Louise Finger, 97, formerly of Mt. Holly, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2021 at North Hampton Convalescent Center, Hampton, Virginia. Frances was born August 13, 1923 in Mt. Holly to John Lester Finger and Mollie Cline Finger. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Ray L. Finger, and sister, Marie F. Bryant.
Frances was an active member of Mt. Holly First United Methodist Church for 90 years before moving to Virginia. She had a 35-year career with Southern Bell Telephone Co., held offices in the National Secretaries Association and was a member of the NC Telephone Company Pioneers.
Frances had a sweet, caring spirit and was the affectionate aunt to 3 generations of family members who loved her dearly, fondly referring to her as “Francie Lou”. She is survived by her niece, Nina Rae Finger McCoy and husband, Ron; her great niece, Molly Bransford (Eric) & children Carter & William; her great nephew, John McCoy (Christy) & children Madison & Evie.
Our family thanks the staff at Harmony Memory Care, North Hampton Convalescent Center and Virginia Health Hospice for the care they provided Frances in her last years. Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Holly First United Methodist Church, 140 North Main St., Mt. Holly, NC or a charity of your choice. A graveside service in honor of Frances’ life will take place at 1:00 pm on June 4, 2021 at Pineview Cemetery, Mt. Holly, NC.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family by visiting Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is caring for Ms. Finger’s family.
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Joann Long Winters

(April 22, 2021 Issue)

Belmont, NC – Joann Long Winters, 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Brookdale at Robinwood, Gastonia with her loving family by her side.  She was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1934 and is the daughter of the late Earl and Helen Long.
Joann was an employee of School Specialities in Belmont for many years.  Her passions in life were her love of her family, husband, son and his wife and especially her grandchildren.  She loved to cook, work cross word puzzles, read and brag about her lovely grandchildren.
She is a member of Park Street United Methodist, Belmont.
Joann is survived by her loving son, William “Bill” Winters and wife Shawna; two loving grandchildren, Will Winters, Madelyn Winters.
The family will receive family and friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home with a Celebration  Of Life Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021 in the Chapel of Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home with Mr. Richard Keller officiating.
Inurnment will be private and at a later date.
Mrs. Winters was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 47 years, Jack Ray Winters; brother, Fred Long.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Park Street United Methodist Church, 120 Park Street, Belmont, North Carolina 28012 or Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, North Carolina 28054.
 Online condolences may be made at:
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, NC (704) 864-5144 is serving the Winters family.
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Larry “Poss” Garrett

(April 22, 2021 Issue)

Charlotte - Larry “Poss” Garrett, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House, Huntersville with his loving family by his side.  Larry was born in Gaston County on August 7, 1938 and is the son of the late Bertram and Mae Rayfield Garrett.
Larry grew up in Belmont and was the oldest of 9 children.  He was a graduate of Belmont High School, Class of 1958, graduate of Kings College and Biscayne Business College with a Business and Management Degree.  Larry retired as Terminal Manager with Shulman Air Freight Company.
He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in Korea and France.  Larry was an active member of Second Baptist Church, Mt. Holly.  He was a Christian and was ready to go home.
“Poss” as he was affectionately known as a young man growing up in Belmont, was a true friend to everyone he met.  He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.  He will truly be missed by so many. “He loved family, animals and life”.
Larry is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Glenda Bishop Garrett; three loving sons, Larry Garrett, Jr., Ian Maurice Garrett and wife Debbie, Todd Garrett and wife Sherrie and his “Special Pets”, Amos Moses and Allie Mae; five loving sisters, Brenda Robinson and husband Max, Sarah Garrett, Darlene Garrett Fitzgerald, Jeannette Graham, Teresa Garrett Pahutski (Greg); seven loving granddaughters, LeeAnn Garrett Koerber (Zack), Laura Garrett Esquerra, Kayla Garrett Bullard (Daniel), Ashley Garrett, Paige Garrett Jackson (Cody), Erika Garrett, Taylor Garrett; five great granddaughters; five great grandsons.
The family will receive family and friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Second Baptist Church, 740 Rankin Avenue, Mt. Holly, North Carolina with a Celebration of Life Memorial Service to follow at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Second Baptist Church with Rev. Roger Overton and Rev. Ron Watts officiating.  Military Honors will be provided by the North Carolina National Guard and the Gaston County Honor Guard prior to the Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m.
Inurnment will be private and at a later date.
Due to the Covid Pandemic, Masks and Social Distancing Is Required.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; son, William Mark Garrett; two sisters, Vicki Garrett Kelly, Lynda Mae Garrett; one brother, Jerry Wayne Garrett.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials are requested to be made to: Second Baptist Church, 740 Rankin Avenue, Mt. Holly, North Carolina 28120 or Levine & Dickson Hospice House-Huntersville, 11900 Vanstory Dr., Huntersville, North Carolina, North Carolina 28078.
Online condolences may be made at:
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, NC (704) 864-5144 is serving the Garrett family.
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Thelma Mary Skidmore Farris

(April 22, 2021 Issue)

Belmont, NC - -Thelma Mary Skidmore Farris, 100, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at her home. She was born in Gaston County, daughter of the late Floyd Henry Skidmore and Carrie Moser Skidmore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Reid Farris; her daughter, Jackie Norwood; her grandson, Michael Shane Farris; and 9 siblings. Mrs. Farris was a long-time member of Goshen Free Will Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and was a recipient of an award for serving over 30 years in the church’s nursery. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great great-grandmother, she dearly loved her family and her greatest joy in life came from caring for them.
Mrs. Farris is survived by her children, Wanda Dalrymple and her husband, James, Sherry Smith and her husband, Barry, Terry Farris and his wife, Carol, and Lori Gibson and her husband, Kevin; her sister, Louise Hollis and her husband, Neb; her brother, Jack Skidmore and his wife, Susan; 12 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 28 great great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Farris was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Goshen Cemetery in North Belmont.
Memorials may be made to Goshen Free Will Baptist Church, 1300 W Catawba Ave., Mount Holly, NC 28120 or to Gaston Hospice by visiting
Condolence messages may be left for the family by visiting Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is serving Mrs. Farris’ family.
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Celia Perkins Wheeler

(April 8, 2021 Issue)

Celia Wheeler of Belmont, NC, 75, passed away on March 11, 2021. She was born on August 16, 1945 in Danville, VA, a daughter of the late Cecil Perkins and Marjorie Evans Perkins. She was the wife of her beloved late husband, Joseph Cooper Wheeler.
Celia graduated from George Washington High School and spent most of her adult life in the Rocky Mount-Nashville, NC area, first working at Texfi Industries before moving to Fox Hollow Farm to take care of her many beloved animals. She was happiest when outdoors surrounded by nature’s beauty. Celia had a caring and generous smile which leaves us with many fond memories. She had a bright and energetic personality and was known for her ability to sense when people needed her help. Celia loved dancing and laughing. She touched many lives with her generosity and passion for life.
Celia is survived by her stepchildren, Joseph Donavan Wheeler of Florence, SC and Susan Wheeler Weis (Matthew) of Tequesta, FL; daughter-in-law, Sharon Wheeler Peavyhouse (William) of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren: Rachael Wheeler Vernon (Austin) of Oklahoma City, OK, Mackenzie Weis Jones (Cory) of Wilmington, NC, Zackary Ryan Wheeler of Charleston, SC, Camden James Weis of Wilmington, NC, and Sarah Katherine Wheeler of Charleston, SC; and great-grandchildren, Layton and Genevieve Vernon of Oklahoma City, OK. Her siblings include Louise Perkins Walters of Ringgold, VA, David Bruce Perkins (Jane) of Axton, VA, and Elsie Perkins Bernabe (Al) of Kapolei, HI; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in the chapel of McEwen at Myers Park, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte. The family will receive friends following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice & Palliative Care-Charlotte Region.
We are thankful for the care from the staff at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, Charlotte, NC.
Condolences may be offered at
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Shirley Ann Cowan

(March 18, 2021 Issue)

Shirley Ann Cowan, 85, of Belmont passed away March 9, 2021 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born on November 30, 1935 to the late James Small and Pearl Gibson Clark. She is also preceded in death by her son, Ronald Self; daughter in law, Susie Self; sisters, Alma Homesly and Virginia Helton; and brother Bobby Small. Shirley loved to dance, liked country music, arts and crafts, baking and enjoyed shopping at Walmart.
Survivors include her sons, Mike Self and wife Becky of Belmont, Joel Self of Belmont, and Terry Self of Belmont; daughter in law, Darlene Self of Belmont; brothers, Joe Small of Stanley and James Arnold Small of Lincolnton; 12 grandchildren, Melissa Lowance, Robert Self, Kelly Linder, Joey Gordon, Jennifer Self, Joel Self, Wendy Self, Jessica Self, Lance Self, Brittney George, Faith Self, and Dillon Moore; 21 great grandchildren; and her pet dogs, Honey and Tiny.
A Memorial service was held on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at Spiritual Guidance Church, Mt. Holly with Pastors Joe Small and Tim Small officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
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Bearl Lee Davis

(March 4, 2021 Issue)

Bearl Lee Davis, 85, of Mount Holly NC made his journey home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 23 in Gastonia, NC. He was the son of John and Maggie Davis and was preceded in death by his wife Glenda Ewing Davis.
Those left to cherish his memory include his brother Max Davis, girlfriend Bernice Stevenson, daughter, Susan Cathey (Van McKee), son Jeff Davis (Donna), son Jim Davis (Shawn), grandchildren Bobby Cathey (Sarah), Ashleigh Johnson (Ben), Madeline Tabler (Zach), Stephanie Davis, Sara Davis, Jamie Davis, and Wyatte Davis, and great grandsons Miles and Declan Cathey.
Bearl was a faithful member of North Main Street Baptist in Mount Holly. One of his proudest days was when he accepted Christ late in life and was baptized surrounded by his family and friends.
Bearl was known as many things in life, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and just friend.  Most people remember simply his toughness. Bearl contracted polio as a child, so his life’s physical battles began at an early age.  As a boxer, even with his disability, he fought almost 300 fights. His record was estimated to be 270 wins, 18 losses. While his final life’s fight against dementia was different and much more difficult, he faced it with the same resilience as he had his other life’s obstacles. His battle was an inspiration to so many who knew him.
Some of the nicknames given to Bearl by his friends and family were world’s greatest fisherman, world’s greatest boxer, hunter, welder, mechanic, electrician, and handyman just to name a few. There wasn’t much Bearl couldn’t do or teach himself how to do as he was raised in that time when you just did what you had to do to survive.
His greatest legacy was how much he dearly loved his family. They were the center of his life. Bearl never was a rich man monetarily, but he sacrificed to assure his family never went without.  His true riches were how loved he was by all those who knew him. In that, he was one of the richest people alive, and he will be dearly missed.
A Graveside Service to celebrate Bearl’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday March 20, 2021 at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery, Mount Holly. The family will greet guests prior to the service from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation of America: 322 Eighth Ave. 16th Floor New York, NY 10001.  866-232-8484. mail:
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George Quincy Hall

(February 18, 2021 Issue)

Belmont, NC – George Quincy Hall, “Grandy”, died peacefully on February 7, 2021, at Covenant Village in Gastonia, NC at the age of 87.
He was born in Belmont, NC on February 11, 1933 to Lelia Rawley Cox and Walter Moore Hall. Survivors include his wife of 65 years Peggy Ann Steele Hall of Belmont, children George Quincy Hall, Jr and wife Gwen; Joseph Steele Hall, and Laura Hall Presley, all of Belmont; grandchildren Lauren H Wilson (Reece) of Matthews, NC; Jonathan Q. Hall of Clemson, SC; Joseph S. Hall, Thomas C. Hall, and Taylor L. Presley, all of Belmont; and Mark S. Presley of Charleston, SC.
George graduated from Belmont High School and NC State College, earning a degree in Textiles. He served as an officer in the Army, Army Reserve, and NC National Guard. He worked in the Real Estate Department for Duke Power Company for 32 years, retiring in 1989. As a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, Belmont he served as Deacon and Elder. George was an Eagle Scout, a lifelong supporter of scouting, and received the Celtic Cross Association of Scouters Award. He served as president of the Belmont Community Organization; a Habitat for Humanity volunteer; and supported hurricane victim relief. He was a two-term Belmont City Council member; recognized as Belmont Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year; and received the American Legion Community Service Award.
Due to Covid issues, all services are private. Memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church, Belmont; Gaston Hospice; or Covenant Village Benevolent Fund.
Arrangements entrusted with McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont. 
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Martha  Noles Watts 

(February 11, 2021 Issue)

Stanley, North Carolina – Martha  Noles Watts, age 97, passed away February 6, 2021 at Stanley Total Living Center. She was born November 27, 1923 in Gaston County, a daughter of the late Carl and Mary Smith Noles.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 75 years Loyd Bryant “L.B.” Watts Jr.; son Mike Watts; brothers Elbert and Andrew Noles; sisters Marie Sitton, Frances Noles and Catherine Walters.
She is survived by her son David Watts and his wife Gloria of Belmont; brother Bill Noles and his wife Annette; sister Toni Earle; granddaughter Anna Rick and her husband Billy.
Martha was the first area woman to enlist in the U.S. Army “WAC” during WWII serving in Stark General Hospital in Charleston, SC.  She met her husband who was serving in the Navy in the Pacific Theatre.  She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother who lived in her own home until the age of 95.
The family wishes to thank everyone at Stanley Total Living Center for their love and support.
Services will be private to the family.
Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Watts family.

Cleyon Dorsie Mason

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Clover, South Carolina

Cleyon Dorsie Mason, 82, passed away January 31, 2021 at his home. He was born September 26, 1938 in Newport, TN, a son of the late Ernest and Princy Mason.
Cleyon served in the U. S. Air Force and retired as a supervisor in textiles.  He will be remembered for his love of baseball by many in Gaston County through coaching of both little and teener league teams. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed the golfing and gardening.
He is survived by his children daughters Mary Smiley of Gastonia and Tracy (Scott) Hovis of Clover; grandchildren James Smiley, Tyler (Crystal) Smiley, Scottie (Ciera) Hovis, Chayla (Jacob) Goodson; great grandchildren Braydon, Anslee, Carra, Mason, Caila, Paydyn; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Irma Ruth Mason; son Gregory Dorsie Mason; six brothers and one sister.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont with Rev. Joe Lawing officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Palmetto Region,
Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Mason family.

Ronald “Ronnie” Gibbs

(February 3, 2021 Issue)

Ronald “Ronnie” Gibbs passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Gastonia, NC at the age of 50.
Ronnie was born in Gastonia, NC on June 12, 1970 to Melinda Perry and Ronald Grigg. He attended South Point High School and worked in construction. Ronnie had a passion for hunting, fishing and grilling and enjoyed the simple things in life. He was a proud father and PawPaw. Among many other things, Ronnie will be remembered for his big heart, dry sense of humor and how much he loved his family.
Ronnie is survived by his mother, Melinda Perry; his daughter, Stephanie Davis along with her husband and son; his sister, Taylor Perry; and his brother, Joshua Perry. He is also survived by his loving aunt Robin Mosley, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stone.
A private Celebration of Life gathering will be held for close family and friends. Condolences or donations may be offered at PO Box 865, Lowell, NC 28098.
Stephanie Marie Collins Asmuth Belmont, North Carolina

Stephanie Marie Collins Asmuth

(January 28, 2021 Issue)

The Asmuth family, Gaston County and planet Earth lost a sweet and loving spirit on Friday, January 8, 2021.  Stephanie Marie Collins Asmuth, beautiful wife, loving mother of two, and an inspiration to so many unexpectedly went home to heaven at the age of 48.  She was born September 12, 1972 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Steven and Carole Collins and moved to Gaston County shortly after.
She met, fell for and married the man of her dreams, Kip Asmuth on January 4, 1992 at the age of 18.  She was a loving, devoted and active mother to Kenny and Kyle. As the boys grew to young men, her pride and love for them, if even possible, grew greater. Stephanie will be most remembered for the way she loved and treasured Kip and her sons.
She spent most of her professional career building on downtown commerce through her entrepreneurship and as an advocate for Downtown Belmont.  Stephanie loved to travel, explore, reflect, laugh, sing, dance and spend time with her family and friends.  She loved it when she could experience all of the above with others.  Her free spirit was contagious.  Her fascination with life was so liberating to be near.  To say she loved to grill, barbecue and cook would be like saying the ocean is moist.  This girl could cook!  Her skills with a piece of red meat were legendary.  Even the simplest of meals would generate different tones of oohs and aahs from its beneficiaries.
Speaking of the ocean- Stephanie’s love for the coast, the unobstructed views of the sunrises, the majesty of the sunsets and the freedom of the seas seemed to recalibrate and revive her soul.  She put such an effort into catching every sunrise and sunset that now her memory is attached to them.  Her smile was truly monumental and would light up a room no matter the burden.
Her insight was tasteful, flavorful and unique.  Where we may frown upon the thought of a Monday - she referred to them as “fun-day Monday”; where we might not sing out loud in public - she would - while dancing too; while we celebrate our “birthday” - she celebrated her “birth-month”; where we might take a friendship for granted - she would make it a point to make you feel special; where we might post a misspelled, single syllable status update on fb - she would somehow use words and expressions in her posts that you’d still be thinking about tomorrow.  Her 48 year presence on this earth was indeed a gift to us. We remember you, Stephanie, and we do not take you, or what you taught us for granted!
Left to cherish her multi-million memories is her family that she absolutely adored:  her loving and devoted husband of 29 wild years Kip; her loving and loyal sons Kenny Asmuth of Wilmington and Kyle Asmuth of Belmont; her mom and step-dad Carole and Tony Frisina of Gastonia; sister Alison Worley; brother Ryan Farmer; step sister Kristen Frisina. She is also greatly missed by her four legged companions Ted and Eleanor, who to say the least, were well taken care of; and many extended family members, close friends and acquaintances.
Due to the Covid pandemic, there won’t be a formal gathering celebrating Stephanie’s way-too-short life. There’s no way she would want to risk exposing Kip to the crud! Rather, in the spirit of sharing and expression, you are encouraged to visit her public Facebook page and share your memories and photos with her.
In honor of her compassion for dogs, memorials in Stephanie’s name may be made to Double N Kennels, 10442 Moores Chapel Road, Charlotte, NC 28214.
McLean’s of Belmont is assisting the Asmuth family.

Estelle Goins Smmey

(January 28, 2021 Issue)

Estelle Goins Summey, age 86, died Friday January 15, 2021 at Arbor Acres Retirement Community. She was born in Dallas, NC to the late John William Goins and the late Alice Wright Goins.  She was the youngest daughter in a family of nine siblings, preceded in death by her brothers J.W. Goins, Clark Goins, Lawrence Goins, and sisters Lib Goins Lyles, and Sue Goins Perry.
Survived by her husband of 64 years Raymond Clifton Summey, Sons, Tim Summey and wife Wanda, Ted Summey and wife Emily, and her daughter Toni Summey; Grandchildren Robert Summey and wife Mary, Margaret Summey, Elam Summey and wife Brandi, Victoria Summey, and fiancé Corey Pruitt; brothers Buren Goins, Elliott Goins, sister Jane Ratteree and sister-in-law Marjorie Smith Goins; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Arbor Acres Resident Assistance Fund 1240 Arbor Road Winston-Salem, NC 27104; or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be sent
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Martha Ann Wray Deal

(January 7, 2021 Issue)

Martha Ann Wray Deal, age 80, of Crestview Drive, Lincolnton passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020.
Mrs. Deal was born on February 4, 1940 and was the daughter of the late Wymer Bryant and Dora Spring Bynum Wray.  Martha was a successful business woman having started in retail, moving to store manager and later becoming a district supervisor with Pic-N-Pay Shoes.  She was also a charter member of the Belmont Historical Society.
She is survived by her husband, Reginald A. Deal; her son, Roger A. Deal; her daughter, Janet D. Marx and husband, Robert; two grandsons, Randy A. Deal and wife, Rachel and Roger C. Deal and wife, Krystal; two granddaughters, Dr. Emily C. Marx and Olivia S. Marx; one great-grandson, Luke T. Deal.
A memorial service for Mrs. Deal will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, #100, Charlotte, NC 28207.
Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton is serving the Deal family.
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Frances Worthey Stringer

(January 7, 2021 Issue)

1930 – 2020

Mt. Holly NC – Frances Worthey Stringer, 90, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 in her Daughter Sandy’s home in Inman SC of cancer. Frances was born on October 21, 1930 in Cherryville, NC and the only daughter of the late Jack and Georgia Worthey. She was pre-deceased by her three brothers, Bob, Carl and Danny and was the widow of Norman Stringer.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty (Joel) of Birmingham, Al; Sandy (Harlan) of Inman, SC; and a son, Eric (Debbie) of Gastonia, NC. Frances has six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Frances was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and trusted friend, but most of all a child of God. She was always known for her kindness and generosity along with a fun, cleaver sense of humor. Frances was a Charter Member of Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Holly, NC where she was active for most of her life. She was also well-known and loved in the community. Some of her community involvement included: Meals on Wheels, crossing guard at Mt. Holly Elementary School, caring for elderly friends, and later in life she was active at The Tuckaseegee Community Center.  The Funeral Services were held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 2, 2020 at Grace Baptist Church 300 Westland Farm Rd., Mt. Holly, NC. Rev. Jonathan Chaney conducted the service. The Family received friends immediately after the service at the church. Social distancing was observed during both the service and visitation.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either Grace Baptist Church, 300 Westland Farm Rd., Mt. Holly, NC 28120 or Hospice of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System 686 Jeff Davis Dr. Spartanburg SC 29303.  The Stringer Family is being cared for by Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mt Holly NC.
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Kenneth Donald “Don” Chatman

(January 6, 2021 Issue)

Belmont, NC – Kenneth Donald “Don” Chatman, 57, left this earth December 28, 2020 at Robin Johnson Hospice House to be with his Lord and savior. He was born October 3, 1963 in Mecklenburg County, a son of the late Nathan and Norma Orton Chatman.  Don was also preceded in death by his sister June Chatman Drum.
Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years and served in the first Gulf War - Desert Storm.  He was the recipient of numerous awards including the Meritorious Unit Commendations (3), the Combat Action Ribbon (2), the Commanding General Letter of Commendation (2), as well as many others. He received his B.S. in Finance from UNC Charlotte.  After military service, Don began employment with Wachovia Bank as a Branch Manager and later, became an Assistant Vice President with Lincoln Bank of N.C.
He will be missed deeply by his son, Kenneth D. Chatman, Jr. of Iwakuni, Japan; daughter Katelyn Chatman of Columbia, SC; sister Sandra Chatman Guy (Robert) of Ocean Isle Beach, NC; brother Jimmy Chatman (Beth) of Scottsboro, AL; nephew Grayson Drum and grandchildren Lennox and Liam.
A graveside service was held at 11am Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Hillcrest Gardens, Mount Holly, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled Veterans Association,
Condolence messages may be sent online at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Chatman family.

Local textile mill placed on National Register of Historic Places

(December 31, 2020 Issue)

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has announced that five individual properties across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The  properties were reviewed by the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and were subsequently nominated by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register for consideration for listing in the National Register.
“These historic places are part of North Carolina’s rich and diverse story, and they need our protection,” said Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “The National Register is a vital tool in the preservation of our state’s historic resources, and North Carolina has long been a leader in the nation’s preservation movement.”
The listing of a property in the National Register places no obligation or restriction on a private owner using private resources to maintain or alter the property. Over the years, various federal and state incentives have been introduced to assist private preservation initiatives, including tax credits for the rehabilitation of National Register properties. As of Jan. 1, 2020, over 3,933 historic rehabilitation projects with an estimated private investment of over $3.043 billion have been completed.
One of the properties is  the Trenton Cotton Mills in Gastonia,
Trenton Cotton Mills, Gastonia’s oldest extant textile mill, is locally significant under Criterion A in the area of Industry for its role in the development of Gastonia and Gaston County’s textile industry. Following the establishment of the Gastonia Cotton Manufacturing Company by G. W. Ragan in 1887, Gastonia soon became a hub of textile manufacturing in North Carolina. Trenton Cotton Mills, established in 1893 as Gastonia’s second textile mill and also organized by Ragan, experienced immediate and continuing success that led to expansion with a second mill on the property in 1900 and later substantial additions in 1922 and 1954. Trenton Cotton Mills began contributing to Gaston County’s renown for production of combed yarns ca. 1910 when the company added the machinery necessary to convert to production of this high-quality yarn. The mill retains a relatively high level of historic integrity that conveys all major period of the operation’s growth. Its period of significance begins in 1893 with the completion of Mill No. 1 and ends in 1972 when the mill ceased operations.
2019 “Pride Tour” students from McAdenville and North Belmont Elementary Schools learn about residents at Holy Angels.

Pride In Gaston Traveling Tour

(December 31, 2020 Issue)

In the summer of 2000, Gaston Together began a program for school children to enhance the awareness of Gaston County and grow Community Pride.  By building on the study of the community in the third grade, Gaston Together worked with Gaston County Schools to develop the “Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour” field trip for all third graders in the county, including both public and private school students.  As of the 2020 - 2021 school year, over 50,000 students have participated in this program since its inception.
Just like much of the rest of year 2020, this year’s tour was different.  It went virtual!  With the help of Gaston County Travel & Tourism, we were able to provide a virtual tour that showcased all sixteen sites in the Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour Activity Book.  In addition two of the sites traditionally visited on the field trip tour, the Schiele Museum and the Gaston County Museum of Art & History, created customized videos for the students.
The virtual tour and classwork components were conducted in November.  Although very different, the virtual format did provide advantages for the overall program.  First, the teachers had more flexibility in scheduling the program for their class.  They usually have to follow a fixed calendar due to scheduling over 2500 students with the tour locations.  Also, using the virtual summary video overview gave the students an opportunity to see something of each site featured in the Activity Book.
Each student participating in the program receive a Pride in Gaston Activity Book.  The 2020 Activity Books were graciously sponsored by Times Oil/T.E.A.M. Foundation and Alliance Bank and Trust.  The books now feature 16 sites of interest throughout Gaston County.  New sites were added to the book last year including: the Loray Mill and MLK Plaza both located in Gastonia as well as Goat Island Park located in Cramerton.  Some of the other sites in the activity book are the Hoyle House, the C. Grier Beam Truck Museum and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  The Activity Book features a pen and ink drawing of each site, a few facts about the site and additional space where the students can add other information.  All of the pictures in the book were drawn by Gaston County native, Lucy Penegar.  The cover design was created by Image Mark Business Services.
The “Pride in Gaston” Traveling Tour program is free of charge to the students thanks to the generosity of community sponsors.  The 2020 Corporate Gold sponsor was Mann+Hummel Filtration Technology. Program partners include:  Dominion Energy and Tindol Ford Subaru ROUSH.
Following the tour, the students are asked to write an essay entitled, “Why I am Proud to Live in Gaston County.”  These essays are entered into Gaston Together’s “Proudest Kid in Gaston County,” essay contest.  The individual school winners and the overall county winner are announced later in the spring at Gaston Together’s annual Community Leadership Award event.
The “Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour” has proven to be a valuable tool in building community pride in our students.  It has allowed them to experience first-hand some of the heritage of Gaston County through these wonderful points of interest.  With the experience learned through this program, it is hoped that as adults these students will one day want to make Gastonia their home.
Founded in 1997, Gaston Together’s mission is to create a Community of Excellence by bringing people and resources of Gaston County together to address Big Community Challenges.  The purpose is implemented through the principles and best practices of collaboration, facilitation, promotion and the anticipation of possibilities.  Current focus areas are Community Pride Building programs (Community Leadership Awards, Pride in Gaston Traveling Tour and Proudest Kid in Gaston County Essay Contest), Faith-Based Leadership (Gaston Clergy & Citizens Coalition), Civic Engagement Leadership process and Creating a Culture of Wellness (Gaston Together Healthcare Commission, Gaston Controlled Substances Coalition, Health in All Policies Team and Healthy Gaston initiative).  Steven Long is serving as the 2020 Board Chair.

Eloise Armstrong Buthe
1932 – 2020

(December 30, 2020 Issue)

Gastonia - Eloise Armstrong Buthe, 88, passed away on December 23, 2020.   Eloise was born in Gaston County on July 2, 1932.  She was the daughter of Ralph M. Armstrong (Buck) and Louise Gaston Armstrong.   In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by husbands, Hugh Allen Mullis and Egon Buthe and siblings, Ralph M. Armstrong, Jr. and Betty Jean Armstrong.  
Eloise graduated from Belmont High School in 1950 and attended Berea College, Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing (Registered Nurse), and UNC-Greensboro (Nurse Practitioner). Her nursing career was primarily at Presbyterian Hospital and Burlington Industries.
Her greatest joy in life was found in God, family, and nursing, along with later opportunities to teach others her hobby of sewing and quilting. Her life’s desire was to donate her body for the advanced study of medicine.
She is survived by her children, Alan (Mari) Mullis of Leachville, Arkansas, Lisa (Steve) Carrigan of York, South Carolina, and Molly (Mark) Whitehouse of Blacksburg, Virginia, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Also, surviving is a faithful and special friend, Ted Reece.
Because of the current health crisis, no funeral services will be held. A Remembrance Service may be held at a later date.
A special expression of gratitude is extended to the phenomenal staff of Brookdale New Hope and Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County who provided loving and compassionate care to our mother and grandmother.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, if you would like to send a card or phone call to the family will be appreciated.
Condolences may be made to
Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia is serving the Family.
Mt. Holly police officer Tyler Herndon
(December 17, 2020 Issue)

Patrolman Tyler Avery Herndon, 25, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on December 11, 2020 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, NC.  Born in Mecklenburg County, NC, he was preceded in death by grandfather Adolphus “Junior” Phillips, uncle James Phillips and cousin Kristina Phillips. He was a 2017 graduate of UNC Charlotte majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. At the time of his death, Tyler was employed with the Mount Holly Police Department as a Patrolman.
Tyler always wanted to be in law enforcement and loved his job.  He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with friends and liked to make those around him laugh.  He was an avid fan of soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He was a loving son, grandson, brother, boyfriend, cousin, and friend.
The family sends its deepest thanks to the Mount Holly Police Department and community for their overwhelming support as well as the Cleveland County Police Department for its assistance to the family.
Tyler is survived by his parents Mark and Debbie Phillips Herndon, Kings Mountain, NC; his sister  Lindsey Herndon, Charlotte, NC; his girlfriend Holly Weldon, Belmont, NC; paternal grandparents Ray and Jean Herndon, Kings Mountain, NC; maternal grandparent Vicki Phillips, Charlotte, NC; Uncle Chris Herndon (Mary), Orlando, FL;  Aunts Deana Reep (Kerry), Belmont, NC; Terri Phillips, Belmont, NC; and 6 cousins.
Services were held Tuesday December 15, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, NC  with Rev. Dr. Steve Taylor and Rev. Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Tyler lay in state Tuesday December 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM til 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, NC.
Interment was in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Kings Mountain, NC.  
Guest register is available at
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Kings Mountain is serving the family.

Howard “Jelly Man” Robert

 (December 3, 2020 Issue)

Howard Deual Roberts “Jelly Man”, 90, of Salisbury passed away, November 19, 2020 at his home after a period of declining health.
He was born August 17, 1930 in Belmont, NC to the late Bernard Roberts and Monnie Davis Roberts.
Howard served his country for over 22 years in the Army, he was first served in Japan, then the Korean war started, he enjoyed his military service, while serving he received a Purple Heart amongst other medals and awards, he retired during the Vietnam war.
He was preceded in death by a son Bryan Roberts, and 2 step sons, Christopher and James, one sister, Cleo Broughman, four brothers, Hoyt Roberts, Joseph Roberts, Clyde Roberts, and Worth Roberts.
Those left to cherish his memory, his wife Debbie Norris Roberts, three daughters, Crystal (Kris), Terry (Bill) and Gina, all of Columbia, SC, two sisters, Rachael Henley (Bill) of Gastonia Dorothy Adams of Belmont, and six grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at 12:30 PM Tuesday, November 24, at Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Brown officiating, burial was at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 27, at Salisbury National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:00 on Tuesday, at Whitley’s Funeral Home, prior to the service.
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